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Man In Black
by Paul Berube
Monday, July 14, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Who is that man all dressed in black
wandering on his own?
He has a fire in his eyes
and roams this world alone.

In sunlight there's no shadow
to reflect the time of day
but on a lonely moonlit night
each hour slips away.

Stray curs, they cringe before him
as hookers pay their dues;
Sots and those who feed a thirst
while searching for a ruse

On and on he presses,
no gamble, just sure bet.
Clouds will not forsake him
they dare to soon forget.

Trees will bend as if in wind.
Small branches, they break bough
but of that man all dressed in black
they shan't forget somehow.

One can not see the stranger
unless his time is near.
With hand of white, void of flesh,
he be not sage nor seer.

You won't know when he's coming.
Take heed, for that is fact.
When the Great Conductor calls,
your train must leave its track.

Each picket through life's journey
shall count, 'cause I've a hunch;
That man in black will have a say
if your ticket isn't punched.




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Reviewed by John Domino 9/26/2008

May God bless you richly with success!
Reviewed by Poetess of The Soul Sheila G 8/8/2008
Hi Paul -
At first, I thought it to be the dark knight/movie that inspired this gregarously great write!
I love this poem, from beginning to eerie ending!
Warmest Blessings and Inner Peace, Warrior Purple Soulful SHEExooo

STay Positive! as the bright light gets closer...
Reviewed by Dorlana Vann 8/4/2008
Hi Paul,
Nice creepy poem. My favorite part -
"In sunlight there's no shadow
to reflect the time of day
but on a lonely moonlit night
each hour slips away."

Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/29/2008
Paul, this is excellent, and something we all must one day face. Good work!
Reviewed by Jill curry (Reader) 7/23/2008
wonderfully dark read, i will be visiting you again..i like your poetry
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 7/22/2008
thanks for the 8 Paul, some great dark verse you've penned here, makes my throat tighten, that grime reaper carries quite a big blade
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 7/22/2008
Very nice writing Paul...but then again I love the eerie dark stuff. Love Holly
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 7/19/2008
A walk on the dark side Paul. Much said in this powerful poem ! Its a ride many take and I hope its toward the LIGHT!!!!!...........M
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/18/2008
I will just echo Vickie's words. Love and peace,

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 7/17/2008
I enjoyed this reading of your depiction of "Man In Black"
These Lines Are My Fav Of This Darkened Write of Yours
"In sunlight there's no shadow
to reflect the time of day
but on a lonely moonlit night
each hour slips away."
Totally Awsome :)
Embraced ~ Embrassť

Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 7/15/2008
Oooh, a bit eerie my friend, but powerfully written with outstanding imagery...I too thought about Johnny Cash when I first began reading, then the Grim Reaper...nevertheless an outstanding write!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Sheila Roy 7/15/2008

Very spooky! I have a series of poems with this title - never posted - about a ghost I saw in my house. I've talked to others who have also seen "a man in black". I can't help but wonder if we have seen this fellow in your poem - always watching and ready to collect those with unpunched tickets. lol.

I love the verse:

Trees will bend as if in wind.

Small branches, they break bough

but of that man all dressed in black

they shan't forget somehow.

Fantastic work on this ominous poem! Love and Hugs,

Reviewed by Barbara Smith 7/14/2008
Paul, we will all have to face this ride one day and I loved the way you portrayed it. My first thoughts was this was going to be about Johnny Cash and did I get a surprise. I must say, this is good writing.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/14/2008
I have to agree with this one Paul! You wrote it
with excellent perception. Superb poem!...ET
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/14/2008
It is one train we will all ride indeed,,,, Your poem is excellent,,,, you truly stir many emotions as I read this..
Love, Christine
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 7/14/2008
A very imaginative write and certainly has the mark of truth. We will all meet our maker sooner or later.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 7/14/2008
The Grim Reaper cometh when our time on earth is done, gives pause to what life is really all about...Yet there are those I can think of also referred to as the man in black, Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and the infamous Johnny Cash. I wonder if they had it all figured out early on...

Be always safe,

Reviewed by Tiana ~ 7/14/2008
Wonderfully written, Paul! A keeper ... hugs
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/14/2008
yes, i could well imasgine johnny Cash as well-a good sobering write
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/14/2008
Excellant write my of your very best and a great ballad that I can almost hear set to music and played in a Johnny Cash kind of style. REally like this one Paul.

Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 7/14/2008
Amazing! You grabed my mind and heart with this! Spotless
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis 7/14/2008
Skillfully composed poem that left me with goose bumps - I pictured this Angel of Death very clearly and his effect on all that he nears.
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/14/2008
Splendid poetry and a wake up call for all.
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/14/2008
I like this Paul. You did an outstanding job with this write my friend. Stay well and God bless.
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 7/14/2008
Brilliantly penned Paul and with perfect rhyme and flow.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/14/2008
Great write, Paul; well penned! BRAVO!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

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